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1980s Bali Photo Gallery by Ric Chan with comments from Peter Neely #5

Perth based photo-journalist Ric Chan started going on surf trips to Bali in the early 80s. In 1985 he was lured to Bali to help set up and run Cheaters Night Club in Kuta’s entertainment strip, near the famous Peanuts Club.

Ric lived in Bali until ’91 and then returned to his native NZ after his wife Sami passed away. Ric and his sons Taron & Tao settled in NZ’s North Island.

This is a glimpse of Ric’s 80s Bali photo gallery and a taste of quieter times in Bali. (This blog also contains some 80s Bali pics by Jim King.)

Ric ChanPeter Neely is an old mate who was in Bali when I was there.

Peter runs the web site INDO SURF and LINGO www.indosurf.com.au and has provided background comments on some of Ric’s Bali pics.

Photo: 1980 Cookie & Made Kasim at Kuta. Ric Chan pic.

Peter NeelyIt’s “Cookie” with Made Kasim. I’m sure they’d love to see this old photo from their early teen years.

Photo: 1980 Balinese surfer at Legian beach break. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1982 unsealed Jalan Legian Kuta. Jim King pic.

Photo: 1983 Joe’s Surf Shop in Kuta. Jim King pic.

Peter NeelyThis Joe’s surf shop pic will possibly be of interest one day, as it was the first “surf shop”, although there’s no surfboards visible? And I don’t think this is the first version of his shop?

Photo: 1980 Halfway surf break Kuta Beach. Ric Chan pic.

Peter Neely -This is why we surfed Halfway Kuta virtually every afternoon! Even the hot surfers would hit Uluwatu in the morning, then surf Halfway into the sunset. Long peeling rights and lefts over a forgiving sand bottom.

 

Photo: 1980 Balinese goofy footer at Kuta. Ric Chan pic.

Peter NeelyIts little Froggy.

Photo: 1985 Ubud market day. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1985 Medewi wave line-up. Photo taken from the point pre-tourist development. Jim King pic.

Photo: 1985 Medewi coast road. Waiting for transport. Jim King pic.

Photo: 1985-86 Bali Sami Chan relaxing on the verandah Jimbaran Bay. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1983 Bali fisherman. Ric Chan pic.

Peter NeelyThis image is of JIMBARAN BAY FISHERMEN with their outrigger dug-out boats. Maybe Ric remembers why there are 2 tripods filming there? They look professional?

Ric Chan – Nah it wouldn’t have been my camera gear. I used a 600mm and a 1000mm lens. Never anything as short as that 200mm.

Photo: 1980 Shark fishermen Jimbaran Bay. Ric Chan pic

Peter NeelyI remember seeing dozens of these hammerhead sharks brought into Jimbaran bay every morning. But I never saw any in the surf.

 

Photo: 1980 Bali sunset Jimbaran Bay. Ric Chan pic

Coming soon 1980s Bali Photo Gallery by Ric Chan #6

You can inquire on the SDS Web & Facebook sites to view Ric’s previous Bali photo galleries.

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1970s Arsemobile Images by Ric Chan

In the 70s young New Zealand expatriate Ric Chan was living on the beach front at Scarborough.

During this period Ric was experimenting with his photography.

This is a collection of Ric’s lesser known images taken in the Scarborough Beach car park in the 70s.

The purpose of the Limousine photo shoot with the early 70s Cadillac is unknown. The faceless male models are also unknown, but you may recognise some of the male models from aspects of their anatomy.

Ric Chan – muhahahaha I remember the pics, but ain’t got any idea of where and when they were shot. I wish I could remember, coz there has to be a funny story behind em – hee hee. Lemme think about it!

The images appear to have been inspired by natural forms and structures.

Photo: 1970s Arsemobile photo shoot #1 by Ric Chan.

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Photo: 1970s Arsemobile photo shoot #2 by Ric Chan.

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Photo: 1970s Arsemobile photo shoot #3 by Ric Chan.

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Photo: 1970s Arsemobile photo shoot #4 by Ric Chan.

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Let us know if you were at Ric’s photo shoot and remember anything about it!

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1980s Bali Photo Gallery by Ric Chan with comments from Peter Neely #4

Perth based photo-journalist Ric Chan started going on surf trips to Bali in the early 80s. In 1985 he was lured to Bali to help set up and run Cheaters Night Club in Kuta’s entertainment strip, near the famous Peanuts Club.

Ric lived in Bali until ’91 and then returned to his native NZ after his wife Sami passed away. Ric and his sons Taron & Tao settled in NZ’s North Island.

This is a glimpse of Ric’s 80’s Bali photo gallery and a taste of quieter times in Bali.

Ric ChanPeter Neely is an old mate who was in Bali when I was there.

Peter runs the web site INDO SURF and LINGO  www.indosurf.com.au  and has provided background comments on some of Ric’s Bali pics.

Photo: 1985 Royal Cremation Ceremony Kuta

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Photo: 1985 Bali transport at Kuta.

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Photo: 1980 Balinese surfer at Kuta

Peter NeelyNow this is definitely Made Kasim, one of the first Balinese to travel overseas on the surf contest trail. He made a big impression in Hawaii, and teamed up with Da Hui to sell their clothes in Bali and build villas and hotels at Uluwatu. Still a highly respected elder of the surf community, these days he is a priest in his home village of Legian.

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Photo: 1980 Made Kasimi surfing at Kuta

Peter Neely –  I’m not sure, but looking at how radical this guy is surfing, I’d say it has to be Made Kasim.

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Photo: 1985 Cheaters Night Club at Kuta. Ric Chan helped set up & manage the night club.

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Photo: 1985 Ric & local lad with Bali jeep in paddy fields.

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Photo: 1985 unidentified surfer at Padang Padang – water damaged image.

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Photo: 1985 shopping day in Ubud.

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Photo: 1985 Ric’s wife Sami sharing fruit with pet monkey at Jimbaran Bay.

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Photo: 1980 Sanur beachscape.

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Photo: 1979-80 Sanur Tanjung Sari reef

Peter NeelyHard to believe we never surfed this section of the reef (called Tanjung Sari) because the next reef north is so much better. We surfed the world-class Sanur Reef alone often in 1977, 78 and 79. My mate Col McLauchlan who worked as a singer at the Hotel Bali Beach for a few years tells of surfing alone so often that he would search among tourists sunbaking around the pool to see if any would paddle out with him. Qantas crew staying at the hotel were probably the first to see the uncrowded waves, and many brought their surfboards especially for Sanur in the early 70’s.

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Photo: 1985 Aussie surfing Sanur reef.

Peter Neely – This looks like Kim “Fly” Bradley who was one of the first Aussie surfers to start living in Bali in 1973. He was the first to shape surfboards there too, often with colourful Balinese paintings on the deck featuring green ricefields, palm trees and Hindu demons and gods.

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Photo: 1985 Bali sunset.

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Coming soon 1980s Bali Photo Gallery by Ric Chan with comments from Peter Neely #5

You can inquire on the SDS Web & Facebook sites to view Ric’s previous Bali photo galleries.

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1980s Bali Photo Gallery by Ric Chan with comments from Peter Neely #3

Perth based photo-journalist Ric Chan started going on surf trips to Bali in the early 80s. In 1985 he was lured to Bali to help set up and run Cheaters Night Club in Kuta’s entertainment strip, near the famous Peanuts Club.

Ric lived in Bali until ’91 and then returned to his native NZ after his wife Sami passed away. Ric and his sons Taron & Tao settled in NZ’s North Island.

This is a glimpse of Ric’s 80’s Bali photo gallery and a taste of quieter times in Bali.

Ric ChanPeter Neely is an old mate who was in Bali when I was there.

Peter runs the web site INDO SURF and LINGO  www.indosurf.com.au  and has provided background comments on some of Ric’s Bali pics.

Photo: 1985 Poppies Lane Kuta Bali

Peter Neely –  This is on the corner of the main road Jalan Legian. You’d often see ritzy older tourists from Sanur being dropped by taxi there, on their way to Poppies Restaurant, but looking confused and a little bit scared at how small and dark the lane is.

Back in 1975 the owner of Poppies ran a power lead 100 metres from the restaurant to this corner, then placed a neon “Peter’s Icecream” sign on the ground. It was the only bright light in the entire village. It was the only safe place to eat icecream as they had electricity before any other cafes which still used metre-long blocks of ice which were delivered every other  day from the city’s Denpasar iceworks. Rumours said the ice was made with polluted water direct from the filthy Denpasar river, so everyone was told “Don’t put ice in your drinks”.

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Photo: 1985 The Doggies Bar & Restaurant Kuta

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Photo: 1985 The Pub & Bali Indah Restaurant Kuta

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Photo: 1980 Sri Lanka surf break just north of Nusa Dua, on the south coast of the Benoa peninsula.

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Photo: 1980-83 Bali Nusa Dua aerial pic.

Peter NeelyA small day with Outside Nusa Dua reeling off at around 6 foot, but hardly breaking at the secret Nikko reef in the foreground. Now overbuilt with hotels and breakwaters.

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Photo: 1980 Balinese surfer at Kuta

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Photo: 1980 Balinese surfer at Kuta

Peter Neely – The curly hair makes me think this is Bali’s first official “champion” surfer Wayan Sudirka. He stood out with a smooth flowing style, learnt from Gerry Lopez and his Hawaiian buddies.

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Photo: 1985 Sami & Ric Chan Jimbaran Bay

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Photo: 1985 Uluwatu surf break & warungs

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Photos: 1980s Uluwatu cave. (Left) Steve ‘Hog’ Hannett descending bamboo ladder.

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Photo: 1980 Uluwatu wave on low tide.

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Photo: 1985 Uluwatu surf break view from Warung on the cliff.

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Photo: 1985 Bali sunset through palm trees

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Coming soon 1980s Bali Photo Gallery by Ric Chan with comments from Peter Neely #4

You can inquire on the SDS Web & Facebook sites to view Ric’s previous Bali photo galleries.

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Design of movie ticket for 1969 ‘Evolution’ surf film.

In 1969, John Arnold Surf Machines in Adelaide got in touch with New Zealand photo-journalist Ric Chan. At the time, Ric was touring the East Coast of Australia in his gold coloured Kombi. John Arnold commissioned him to travel from Adelaide to Western Australia, to cover the first Australian Surfing Titles held in WA and design a movie ticket for Paul Witzigs’ 1969 Evolution surf film.

Click on this link to view Ric Chan’s coverage of 1969 Australian Surf Titles in WA

Ric’s photos and article covering the Title events held at Scarborough, Margaret River and Yallingup, were then featured on the poster sized movie ticket for Paul Witzigs’ Evolution surf film. Ric’s commentary is accompanied by reviews from surf legends Bob McTavish and John Arnold. The ticket doubled as the movie poster and was published by John W Robertson in Adelaide, June 1969.

The front of the poster shows a John Arnold Surf Machine logo and is accompanied by a well-known image of Wayne Lynch from Victoria. The photo by lensman John Pennings, was taken at the 1968 Australian Surfing Titles at Palm Beach, on the NSW coast.

Image: 1969 front of Evolution surf film ticket. Wayne Lynch photo by John Pennings.

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The back of the Evolution surf film ticket features reviews by Bob McTavish, Ric Chan and John Arnold with surf photos by Ric Chan.

Image: 1969 back of Evolution surf film ticket. Photos by Ric Chan.

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Image: Bob McTavish’s ‘Evolution film and it’s maker’ review on Evolution surf film ticket. Photos by Ric Chan.

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Image: Ric Chan’s ‘1969 Australian Surf Titles’ report on Evolution surf film ticket. Photos by Ric Chan.

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Image: John Arnold’s ‘Wayne Lynch’ review on Evolution surf film ticket. Photos by Ric Chan.

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In 2014, Ric Chan presented an original edition of the Evolution surf film ticket to Surfing WA. The ticket, now a collector’s item for surf history buffs, was placed in Surfing WA’s history collection.

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